Remove Search.aquatoria.net (Chrome/Edge/Firefox)

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I wrote this article to help you remove Search.aquatoria.net. This Search.aquatoria.net removal guide works for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer.

The presence of the Search.aquatoria.net indicates that you have a browser hijacker in your system. This means that the hijacker has already gotten in and it is using the Search.aquatoria.net site as a front. It lurks behind it. Take that page as a warning as that’s what it is. As soon as you see it, accept the fact that here is a cyber infection on your machine and start looking for ways to get rid of it immediately. It is of vital importance that you act fast. The more time you grand this pest on board, it will use all of it to wreck your PC. The longer it stays, the more problems you encounter.

Hijackers are incredibly intimating infections. This one is no exception. It will continue getting on your nerves until the very last moment when you either delete it or you give up. We suggest option number one. It is not too late to make measure but if you procrastinate and ignore the threat it poses, it will be. So, act now and delete the intruder. Find its hiding spot and delete it upon discovery. The sooner, the better.

Once in, the hijacker stars making a mess. First, it ruins your browsing. The Search.aquatoria.net page becomes your constant online companion. It is everywhere. You open your browsers, it is there. You open a new tab, it is there. You search for something, it is among the results. It even replaces your homepage and search engine and you get redirected to it all the time. Is becomes your online shadow and you don’t remember agreeing to this. And you didn’t.

The parasite didn’t bother to ask you simply because it doesn’t need to. It is able to make reshuffles in your browsers` settings as it sees fit. It doesn’t need your approval for this just as it doesn’t need your approval for flooding you with a never-ending myriad of annoying pop-up ads. Yes, countless commercial accompany the Search.aquatoria.net intrusions and the other shady pages you are forced to visit. You browsing turns into a nightmare. You have to endure an array of issues any time you go online. Not to mention that you are always a single click away from more malware now that you are hosting this hijacker.

Remove Search.aquatoria.net
The Search.aquatoria.net Virus

The pages you get redirected to and the ads you are bombarded with cannot be trusted. One click on the wrong ad/link and you automatically download more infection on your already infected computer. Are you trying to worse your situation by flooding your PC with pests? If this happens, how long do you think your machine will be able to hold on? How long before the Blue Screen of Death appear? The answer is, not long. You PC is already underperforming because of this single hijacker. It crashed and it lags. It reboots for no reason. Your browsers freeze do. Don’t make this worse. Stay away from everything the hijacker generates. It is only used by crooks to gain revenue and it is not safe for you.

Hackers only care about making money, they don’t give a dime for your safety. And like this is not enough, the above-mentioned issues are the noticeable ones. The pest does something else in the background, in complete silence. It spies on your, gathers your valuable information and sends it all to the crooks who published it. This is how these strangers end up in possession of your private credentials. There is no point of explaining what they could use that for, is there. The question is, are you willing to take that risk by keeping a cyber infection which only brings you trouble? Don’t be gullible. Delete the intruder now. Use our removal guide below and clean your PC of this parasite.

Once you do, make sure to better protect yourself in the future. Do you know how these infections travel the Web and how they enter victims` machines? They rely on tricks and, most importantly, on your carelessness. These tricks include freeware bundles, spam emails, fake updates, corrupted pages/links/torrents, malicious third-party ads, unverified download sources, etc. Any of this methods will do provided that you don’t pay attention. The hijacker needs your permission to enter and it uses these tactics to ask for it. Sneaky, isn’t it? But if you are careful you will be able to spot the intruder on time and prevent its installation.

Be more vigilant. Carefully read what you are giving green light to. Don’t skip the Terms and Conditions when installing a bundle/update/program. Don’t open emails from unknown senders even if they look legitimate. Don’t click on every link/ad that comes your way. All of this leads to malware. Do the opposite. Be cautious and keep your machine safe. Don’t make yourself an even easier target by being careless. This is what hackers pray for.

Search.aquatoria.net Removal

STEP-1 Before starting the real removal process, you must reboot in Safe Mode. If you are familiar with this task, skip the instructions below and proceed to Step 2. If you do not know how to do it, here is how to reboot in Safe mode:

For Windows 98, XP, Millenium and 7:
Reboot your computer. When the first screen of information appears, start repeatedly pressing F8 key. Then choose Safe Mode With Networking from the options.
Safe Mode with Networking
For Windows 8/8.1
Click the Start button, next click Control Panel —> System and Security —> Administrative Tools —> System Configuration.‌
Windows 8 Safe Mode with Network
Check the Safe Boot option and click OK. Click Restart when asked.
For Windows 10
Open the Start menu and click or tap on the Power button.
win10 safemode 1
While keeping the Shift key pressed, click or tap on Restart.
win10 safemode 2

STEP-2Here are the steps you must perform to remove the hijacker from the browser:

Remove From Mozilla Firefox:

Open Firefox, click on top-right corner , click Add-ons, hit Extensions next.
firefox extensions
Look for suspicious or unknown extensions, remove them all.

Remove From Chrome:

Open Chrome, click chrome menu icon at the top-right corner —>More Tools —> Extensions. There, identify the malware and select chrome-trash-icon(Remove).
chrome extensions

Remove From Internet Explorer:
Open IE, then click IE gear icon on the top-right corner —> Manage Add-ons.
ie gear
Find the malicious add-on. Remove it by pressing Disable.

STEP-3

Right click on the browser’s shortcut, then click Properties. Remove everything after the .exe” in the Target box.

ff shortcut

STEP-4

Open Control Panel by holding the Win Key and R together. Write appwiz.cpl in the field, then click OK.

appwiz

Here, find any program you had no intention to install and uninstall it.

STEP-5

Run the Task Manager by right clicking on the Taskbar and choosing Start Task Manager.

task manager

Look carefully at the file names and descriptions of the running processes. If you find any suspicious one, search on Google for its name, or contact me directly to identify it. If you find a malware process, right-click on it and choose End task.

STEP-6

Open MS Config by holding the Win Key and R together. Type msconfig and hit Enter.

msconfig

Go in the Startup tab and Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.

Still can not remove Search.aquatoria.net from your browser? Please, leave a comment below, describing what steps you performed. I will answer promptly.

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Daniel Stoyanov
Daniel Stoyanov has a Master's degree in Computer Science from the Technical University of Sofia, Bulgaria. He is also a Microsoft Certified Professional. Daniel provides top cyber security news with in-depth coverage of malware, vulnerabilities, PC and Network security, online safety.If you have any questions feel free to ask him right now.

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